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The Mark of Merlin

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  338 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Carla Murdoch had learned what it was to be alone, growing up on different army posts. But now her loneliness is terrible--for her officer father met a mysterious death on a foreign battlefield, and Carla has been sent to live in her new guardian's New England mansion ...a remote, snowbound place where she finds she isn't really wanted. Together with her dog, Merlin, Carla ...more
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published October 25th 2002 by Borgo Press (first published 1971)
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Anastasia Atelier
Oct 28, 2015 Anastasia Atelier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this story by Anne McCaffrey to be enjoyable and easy read. Nothing outstanding. It is simply a mystery story about stolen treasure and Carlyle uncertain what her future will be. The only creature she has to depend on is her Alsatian dog Merlin who had been deemed unfit for military service. Now her father is dead and her care has been passed to a man she has no knowledge of and who has been badly hurt by the war. How did her father die and is her guardian really looking out for her best ...more
Althea Ann
Nov 29, 2011 Althea Ann rated it it was ok
No mysticism here - the Merlin in question is a German Shepherd.
The book's a mystery/romance set during WWII. After her military father's death, 20-year-old Carlysle, recuperating from an illness, goes to an isolated Cape Cod house to meet her new guardian, another military man, a friend of her late father who's also recently been wounded. Disfigured or not, Radclyffe student Carlyle has a thing for military men, and finds this new guardian quite attractive.
But she's distracted from these feelin
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Paxnirvana
Nov 12, 2012 Paxnirvana rated it it was ok
I first read this a long long time ago when I was starved for anything written by my favorite fantasy author.

Hm. What to say about this one?

The dog is awesome.

It was written in the late sixties, early seventies I believe (without checking the pub date) So it definitely shows its time period.

I did like that the romantic relationship was, at least, considered slightly problematic. And that it was set on the home-front during WWII with more than a passing nod to the issues of the time (rationing,
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Amanda Meggs
This book is very dated and I guess probably the author's first. It is dated in it's sexism mostly but annoying to read for that reason. Also, and it is probably just me but I fin romances so unbelievable when the characters fall in love instantly and decide to get married within a few days - as if you can't wait a little while or it isn't true love! I was a bit put off by the treatment of Merlin by Carla, as all the way through she says how much she loves him but there isn't much proof in that ...more
Philip
Oct 16, 2015 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not like her other books but still very readable . A WW2 who done it with a dog but no dragons . Not sure about the ending though!
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Well this is different. I'm not used to Ms. McCaffrey writing contemporary romance. This was a different pace and I liked it. It had a feel of a historical romance due to the "guardian" bit. I like the suspense of it when trying to determine her father's killer who is now after her, for some unknown reason. Best of all, I liked her dog, Merlin. With a name like this, how could I not like the dog?
Lbaker
Jan 21, 2012 Lbaker rated it liked it
Another romance, so silly, so unreal, so sexist.

However, Anne McCaffrey writes wonderful characters, and this story was worth reading for Merlin and Dr Karsh are characters that I would read anything to meet, a shame that they weren't in space or a planet far, far away!
Theresa
Feb 28, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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this is a realistic fiction story it is a great story of mystery and learning personal secrets
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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